PAU to train extension practitioners in precision farming

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Ludhiana, August 3: A training course on “Precision technologies for fruits and vegetables” will be organized for the Horticulture Development Officers (HDOs) and scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) from August 7–9 at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The PAU Directorate of Extension Education in collaboration with the training unit of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology will coordinate the training course.

 Divulging details, the Director of Extension Education, Dr M.S. Gill said that the PAU farm engineers will shed light on precision agriculture, techniques of citrus grading with focus on waxing and packaging, protected cultivation with green houses, addressing declining water in Punjab and its remedial measures, fertigation through micro irrigation system and micro irrigation techniques for horticultural crops.

 He told that the trainees will be imparted practical training in the operation of land leveling equipments like laser land lever and bed planting, planting equipments such as vegetable planter, seed extracting machine and pick positioner, diggers and root crops harvesters in addition to the efficient use of nozzles and sprayers. The trainees will visit precision agricultural lab for practical exposure, told Dr Gill, informing that the registration for the course will be held on August 7 at PAU Kairon Kisan Ghar at 8.15 a.m.